Paul Blessings, aka Bear, is getting on in years, a process made worse by diabetes. He is still on the job as a television political cartoonist, although he was pressured into retiring his longtime radical cartoon, Attitude the Badger, and introducing the slightly less abrasive character Koots Badger. Astute and cantankerous, he is epically obsessed with O. J. (�The Juice�) Simpson and the debacle of his trials, a fixation that has alienated his family and friends and endangered his job. Reed, a multitalented satirist, provocateur, and author of more than two dozen books about African American life and culture, is positively gleeful here as his irresistible trickster alter ego breaks down the toxic implications of the Simpson case and rails against American racism, hypocrisy, greed, and corruption. Punctuated by incidents hilarious, barbed, dramatic, and sweet, Bear�s far-roaming, deep-digging, jazzy rant allows Reed to slyly map the ripple effects of the 1990s, track how and why O. J. became an icon of social ills, protest the evisceration of journalism, and celebrate the tenacity and mettle of artists of conscience and freedom. --Donna Seaman
“Seemingly tired of arguments about 'identity politics', and being forced "to rally around the flag of black brotherhood', Reed's mischievous energetic prose transforms Juice!
into an engaging, troubling and innovative novel.” (The Times Literary Supplement)